Distribution of Population

  • Barry Floyd


Man and land are the two key factors in the geographic equation. To most geographers, quite the most fundamental map to construct and to examine is that showing the distribution of population; such a map is a visual indicator of those very man/land spatial relationships that it is our special province to study.


Population Distribution Niger Delta High Forest Slave Trade Heavy Clay Soil 
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    For a broad review of these problems, see K. M. Barbour, Population in Africa (Ibadan, 1963)Google Scholar
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    O. K. Mitter, ‘On Birth and Death Rates in Nigeria’ (University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1965) (MS.).Google Scholar
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    Nigeria, Department of Statistics, Population Census of the Eastern Region of Nigeria 1953 (Lagos, 1953).Google Scholar
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    G. I. Jones, ‘The Method of Obtaining Slaves in the Ibo Country and hence the Effect on the Population’, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, lxxix (1949).Google Scholar
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    R. K. Udo, ‘Patterns of Population Distribution and Settlement in Eastern Nigeria’, The Nigerian Geographical Journal, vi (Dec. 1963), p. 83. (Hereafter referred to as ‘Population Distribution’.)Google Scholar
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    B. N. Floyd, ‘Terrace Agriculture in Eastern Nigeria: the Case of Maku’, The Nigerian Geographical Journal, vii (Dec. 1964), pp. 91–108.Google Scholar
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    Government of Eastern Nigeria (Ministry of Works), Master Plan for Urban and Rural Water Supply (Enugu, 1962), pp. v-8. (Hereafter referred to as Water Supply.)Google Scholar
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    R. K. Udo, ‘The Migrant Tenant Farmer in Eastern Nigeria’, Africa, vol. xxxiv, No. 4 (Oct. 1964), pp. 326–39.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Barry Floyd 1969

Authors and Affiliations

  • Barry Floyd
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  1. 1.University of NigeriaNsukkaNigeria

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